“All things considered, kind of a weird day.” – Domino.
That quote pretty much sums up this entire mini-series. Darkchilde has completely taken over Illyana, and she’s all but taken over her domain in Battleworld. Colossus’s last ditch effort to save her ended in disaster, leading to him acquiring his sister’s soul sword and teaming up with Madelyne Pryor to fight the forces of limbo. It’s a dark mini-series, but it’s also a lot of fun thanks to Dennis Hopeless’s balanced writing.
This issue is almost straight action, which somehow involves Madelyne’s forces, Mr. Sinister, Colossus’s strike team, Cyclops’s X-Men and Darkchilde in the same fight without being confusing. The final confrontation between the Rasputin siblings is intense both action-wise and dramatically. Although Colossus realizes he needs to kill his sister, he cares so much that he simply cannot do it. The ending also brings out a number of emotions. Without spoilers, let’s say there’s sadness, a bit of hope for Colossus’s group and of course, humour to cap the mini-series off. Although he’s not in this issue much, little Cable is awesome in this issue.
The art by Javier Garron is fantastic. The action is easy to follow despite the chaotic action, and there’s a wide variety of demonic entities flying around. Every character is also full of detail, including Colossus’s ever changing body as the soul sword heals every injury Darkchilde gives him, Boom Boom with her altered look thanks to Sinister’s experiments and Darkchilde’s scary yet sexy form. Facial expressions perfectly capture character’s moods, especially Darkchilde’s delight at how evil she is. The environments are also well detailed and varied. My favourite environmental panel is probably the demonic theme park at the start. The colouring by Chris Sotomayor is equally good. The entire comic is bright and colourful, matching the overall fun mood.
I haven’t yet read the original Inferno event, but this mini-series makes me want to. It’s a comic that manages to balance dark storytelling, dramatic moments and fun. Not too many newer writers can pull that off. Plus if you want a story to help tide you over for when Magic and Colossus work together again in Extraordinary X-Men, look no further. This is an easy recommendation for X-Men fans in general.